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Passengers warned forms still needed for travelling from Italy to the UK

Anyone travelling to the UK from Italy is being warned that they still need to complete the contact locator form before travelling.

Passengers warned forms still needed for travelling from Italy to the UK
Border checkpoints at London Heathrow Airport. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

The UK on July 10th began lifting its quarantine for travellers from certain countries that it deemed 'safe' – including Italy.

However, though it is no longer necessary to self isolate when travelling to the UK from Italy, each passenger needs to fill out the contact locator form before leaving Italy.

READ ALSO: Italy's latest travel rules, explained

The form asks for detailed information about your journey, where you will be staying in the UK, contact information and details of someone who can be contacted if you fall ill – so it's best not to leave the form to the last moment as your flight/ferry/train/coach is about to depart.

The form can be accessed online here and you can show either a printout or a completed version on your phone. You cannot submit the form more than 48 hours before you travel.

The information you need to provide includes:

  • your passport details;
  • the name of the airline, ferry, train or bus company you’re travelling with;
  • the name of the company organising your trip, if you’re travelling as part of a tour group;
  • your booking reference;
  • the name of the airport, port or station you’ll be arriving into;
  • the date you’ll be arriving;
  • your flight, train, bus or ferry number;
  • the address you’ll be staying at for your first 14 days in the UK;
  • details of someone who can be contacted if you get ill while you’re in the UK.

If you’re travelling by Eurostar or Eurotunnel, put ‘Eurostar’ or ‘Eurotunnel’ when the form asks ‘What is the flight number, train service or ship name that you will arrive on?’ and provide your scheduled time of departure.

People travelling from the UK to Italy will be given information about the procedure when they leave the country.

The UK did not have international travel restrictions during the strictest phase of the lockdown, but on June 8th introduced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals.

From July 10th these were lifted for arrivals from a list of 'safe' countries which included European countries like Italy, Spain, France and Germany.

The initial announcement from the UK government referred only to arrivals in England, but devolved authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later confirmed that they would be applying the same rules.

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Italy was one of the first EU countries to lift its travel restrictions for arrivals from within Europe – including the UK – on June 3rd, so there are now no extra measures required at the Italian border.

From July 1st the EU began opening up its external borders to countries deemed to be low risk from Covid-19, although travellers from the USA remain excluded.

Italy has kept its quarantine requirement even for non-European countries on the 'safe list', as well as banning all entry from an additional 13 high-risk countries including Brazil and Bangladesh.

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Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travellers are once again set to face serious disruption as Italy will experience a new round of transport strikes in February. Here's what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travel to, from and across Italy was disrupted by dozens of strikes in January

And, while many travellers might have hoped for a change in the trend, strikes are set to continue into February as Italian unions have already announced a further round of demonstrations affecting rail and public transport services as well as airline travel.

Here’s an overview of February’s main strike actions, including a national public transport strike on Friday, February 17th and another nationwide walkout from airport ground staff on Tuesday, February 28th.

Public transport

February 17th: Public transport staff will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Friday, February 17th. 

The strike was called in late January by Italian union USB (Unione Sindacale di Base) to protest against precarious work and “wild privatisation” attempts on the part of the Italian state.

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?

There currently aren’t any details as to what percentage of workers will take part in the action. As such, the amount of disruption travellers should expect on the day cannot be estimated yet. 

Air travel

February 12th: Air traffic control staff at Perugia’s San Francesco d’Assisi airport will take part in a 24-hour strike action on Sunday, February 12th. 

It isn’t yet clear how the walkout in question will affect air travel to and from the airport on the day.

Travellers at an Italian airport

A national strike from ground service staff may cause delays and queues at many Italian airports on Tuesday, February 28th. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

February 28th: Baggage handlers and other airport ground service staff will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Tuesday, February 28th. 

It isn’t yet clear how the strike will affect air travel during the day, though a similar demonstration caused significant delays and queues at some Italian airports in late January.

ENAV air traffic operators based in Calabria are also expected to strike on February 28th, with the walkout set to start at 1pm and end at 5pm.

Rail

February 5th-6th: Calabria-based Trenitalia staff will strike from 9pm on Sunday, February 5th to 9pm the following day. 

A list of guaranteed services in the region is available here.

February 9th: Staff from Lombardy’s Trenord will take part in a 22-hour strike – from 2am to 11.50pm – on Thursday, February 9th.

Empty train platform in Codogno, Lombardy

Staff from Lombardy’s regional railway operator Trenord will strike for 22 hours on Thursday, February 9th. Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP

It’s currently unclear whether Trenord will operate minimum services on the day. Any information regarding the strike will be released on the following website page

February 12th-13th: Trenitalia staff in Emilia-Romagna will strike from 3.30am on Sunday, February 12th to 2.30am on Monday, February 13th.

A list of guaranteed services in the region is available here.

February 19th: Veneto-based Trenitalia staff will strike from 9am to 5pm on Sunday, February 19th. 

Guaranteed services are available here.

On the same day, there will be no service between Milan’s Milano Centrale station and Paris’s Gare de Lyon due to a strike from staff at France’s national railway company SNCF.

READ ALSO: Trains and planes: Italy’s new international travel routes in 2023

February 20th: Trenitalia personnel in Lombardy are expected to strike from 9am to 5pm on Monday, February 20th. 

Guaranteed services haven’t been made available yet. 

You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.

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